To go down like a lead balloon 不受歡迎或起反效果

更新時間 2012年 8月 14日, 星期二 - 格林尼治標準時間14:05
An Afghan man carries colourful balloons to welcome the country's athletes back from the Olympics.

An Afghan man carries colourful balloons to welcome the country's athletes back from the London 2012 Olympic Games. Photo: Massoud Hossaini

今日短語

如果你說的話或做的事 goes down like a lead balloon, 這就意味著起不受歡迎,激起了他人的不滿或反感。

今日小常識

The common rubber balloon was invented by Michael Faraday in 1824. Faraday made his balloons by cutting around two sheets of rubber and pressing the edges together. They were originally used in experiments with hydrogen, but soon became popular with the general public when they were sold at circuses and parks in America.

我們常見的橡皮氣球是科學家邁克爾•法拉第Michael Faraday 在1824年發明的。Faraday 當時把兩片橡皮剪成圓形,然後把圓邊壓在一起。最初氣球的用途是氫氣實驗,後來當這些氣球出現在美國馬戲團和遊樂公園時,很快被大眾接受,非常受歡迎。

例句

David's joke was in very poor taste. It went down like a lead balloon!

The news of Jenny's engagement went down like a lead balloon when she told the girls – they cannot stand her boyfriend!

The job cuts will go down like a lead balloon when the workers are told about them.

請注意

通俗表達 to swing the lead 意思是假裝生病逃避工作。

I'm sick of having to do the work for my colleague – he's always swinging the lead!

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